Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Here are your Wednesday morning links.
Polian: Reese among NFL's top six talent evaluators - ESPN
He goes out and finds players who fit what head coach Tom Coughlin wants, which points to one of his greatest strengths as a GM: Not only is Jerry a terrific judge of talent, he's also an excellent manager in the way he includes his staff and the coaches in the process. Throughout the organization, every scout is working from the same script and knows that their voice will be heard in the player-evaluation process.
Another defining characteristic for Jerry is that he's not afraid to take a chance on a player who he believes will fit their system. Mark Herzlich is a good example. Many teams were scared of his battle with cancer, but he's helped the Giants. And identifying Victor Cruz as a player to develop can't be overlooked -- remember, they kept him through an entire season where Cruz sat on IR. Reese and Coughlin will now unearth last year's first-rounder, RB David Wilson. While the former Virginia Tech back had a rough start following a Week 1 fumble, he should be a strong asset for the Giants going forward after the team had to make financial decisions at the position this offseason.
Mayock: Duke QB Sean Renfree 'might surprise us all' - NFL.com
Sean Renfree has flown under the radar ahead of this month's NFL draft, but NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes the Duke quarterback looms as a diamond-in-the-rough option for one passer-needy team.
"Find a spot (for him)," Mayock told NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" on Tuesday. "I mean, in this entire group of quarterbacks this year, by far (Renfree) throws with more anticipation and timing than anybody else. Now, part of the reason is, at best, he has an average arm, so throughout his life he's had to learn to get rid of the football more quickly, anticipate more quickly. I think he's quicker mentally."
Patrick Peterson: Roger Goodell is changing the game for the better | ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has taken a lot of shots from players for trying to take the head out of the game. But Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson says Goodell is doing the right things to make the game safer.